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Lawmakers Upset Over Partial Transportation Funding

This weekend the U.S. Senate wrapped up its work until after Election Day. One of the last orders of business was to pass a bill keeping the government funded for the next six months. But there was a problem with the bill.

Leaders left out half a billion dollars in highway funding, which advocates and lawmakers in the region say must be restored. Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says the omission is frustrating because lawmakers already agreed to a two-year highway bill.

"It's important for two reasons," says Cardin. "First the dollars are important. But secondly the message of whether what Congress does means anything. And here we gave a two-year commitment. The money should be there for two years."

Lawmakers say they believe the highway money will be restored in the fall during the lame duck session.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.
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Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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